Celebrating a summer of printmaking at DCA

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Participants from the summer school at DCA on Friday

An amazing display of printmaking created by people living with long-term health conditions has launched at DCA.

The bold collection of prints was created by participants of the ST/ART@DCA summer school programme, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with the DCA Learning Programme.

Participants living with a long-term condition, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury and chronic pain, attended four different summer school programmes throughout July and August.

DCA learning staff, freelance printmaking tutors, and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with 23 participants using a range of artistic techniques, including lino-cutting, dry point, gelli-plate printing and screen printing.

A celebration reception held in the DCA Create Space marked the success of the summer programme.

Some of the participants’ comments included:

“It gave me confidence to speak out and try to explain what I want to get the help I need. It’s helped me listen and concentrate on instructions given!”

“It has helped restore my confidence during a difficult time.”

“A new experience for me in the DCA, it’s improved my confidence around people.”
THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “This event is a great opportunity to share and celebrate every participant’s achievements and the work they produced.

“The reception in the DCA is a great way to bring the group together, acknowledge their achievements and let them see what everyone else has been working on.”

DCA learning coordinator Scott Hudson said, “The ST/ART@DCA project partnership is a well established strand of our programming and is always a highlight.

“We always aim to bring people into the DCA who might think this kind of activity is beyond their abilities and this is a very strong example of partnership working in the community.”

ST/ART is an arts project primarily for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by THAT in association with NHS Tayside.

DCA Learning Programme has support from RJ Larg Family Trust and the Leng Charitable Trust.

For more information please contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835507 or email ckelly3@nhs.net

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